Kingsville, TX – Kingsville Police Department (KPD) Senior Patrolman Sherman Otto Benys died in the line of duty Thursday, three days after he was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance.
Patrolman Benys was one of at least two officers who responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence located in the 300-block of North Wanda Drive shortly after 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, according to KZTV.
During the course of the investigation, 40-year-old Alfredo Deleon allegedly opened fire on the officers twice, fatally wounding Patrolman Benys, the Caller Times reported.
Despite his injuries, Patrolman Benys and a second officer were able to return fire, police said.
Patrolman Benys was airlifted to Christus Spohn Memorial Shoreline hospital, where he fought for his life until succumbing to his wounds early Thursday morning, the KPD said in a press release.
Deleon has been charged with one count of attempted murder, as well as three counts of capital murder of a policeman or fireman inchoate, KRIS reported.
The inchoate charge indicates the full criminal act was not completely carried out.
Additional charges may be forthcoming in light of Patrolman Benys’ death.
The KPD said the investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing.
Patrolman Benys served the KPD for 19 years, according to KZTV.
Residents turned out in droves to donate blood to help him in the wake of the shooting, the KPD said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“Chief Ricardo Torres, the officers and staff of the Kingsville Police Department and the family of Patrolman Benys have been overwhelmed by the support of our law enforcement brothers and sisters, and the citizens of the region for their prayers, blood, and monetary donations,” the department noted.
Patrolman Benys leaves behind his wife, Vicky, and his children, Bailey, Benjamin, and Breanne.
A fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised over $31,000 so far.
Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid released a statement praising Patrolman Benys’ life of service and ordered flags throughout the county be lowered to half staff in his honor, KZTV reported.
“These outstanding individuals put their lives on the line each and every day to ensure the safety of our community,” Madrid said. “Officer Benys gave his life in the ‘Line of Duty’ to save another. He is True American! God Bless Him and His Entire Family! Let it be known that I am hereby ordering the lowering of our flags to half-mast in his honor.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also ordered flags throughout the state be lowered to half-staff in honor of Patrolman Benys, KZTV reported.
It is with great sadness that we inform our fellow officers, citizens, and friends that Senior Patrolman Sherman Otto Benys Jr. has died.
— Kingsville PD (@Kingsville_PD) November 4, 2021
@Kingsville_PD Ofc. Sherman Benys Jr. was shot on Nov. 1 responding to a domestic disturbance. Early this morning, Ofc. Benys succumbed to his injuries. Our deepest condolences go out to Ofc. Benys' family, friends, and to KPD. Thank you Officer Benys for your selfless service. pic.twitter.com/T0COg7QQZ1
— Pearland Police (@PearlandPD) November 4, 2021
Senior Patrolman Sherman Otto Benys Jr. was shot in the line of duty while responding to an incident, and died this morning at 5:15 a.m. He is a hero in every sense of the word. Our state is a better place thanks to his bravery and sacrifice, and he will not be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/BAbHu4TZmf
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) November 4, 2021
My cousin died in the line of duty this morning. He was shot while responding to a Domestic Violence call and stepped in front of a woman that the gunman was trying to shoot.
Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
RIP Sherman Benys. pic.twitter.com/SnKoSg5EVi
— Kyle Ryan Johnson (@KyleRyanJ) November 4, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family Kingsville Police Department (KPD) Senior Patrolman Sherman Otto Benys, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Senior Patrolman Sherman Otto Benys, your life mattered.